All Ages Programs
At Springbrook Nature Center, there is something for everyone! We have regular programming that is great for adults, kids and families. No experience is needed for any of our programs - we'll teach you everything you need to know!
- Lantern Light Hike
- Outdoor Adventures
- Summer Concert Series
- Animal Feedings
- Bird Banding
- Photo Club
- Friday Night by Firelight
Lantern Light Hike
Bring yourself, a friend, or your whole family on an evening stroll through the trails of Springbrook. We'll guide your way with the cozy glow of lanterns on the trails and let you warm your hands over a fire. If snow conditions allow, bring your own snowshoes! 6:30-8:30 pm.
$5 per person, pre-registration required. *ages 5 and under are free. Registration closes at noon the day of the event. NO walk-ups permitted. No refunds if cancelling less than 3 days before the event.
$5 Additional snowshoe rental while supplies last. Must rent snowshoes at the time you register for the event.
Register by clicking the links below:
This private program series is for small family/friend groups consisting of no more than 15 people. There is no age limit for this program, but a parent/guardian must be in attendance for all registrants under the age of 18. Whether you are age 5 or 50, we will create an adventure for your group. The program will be entirely outside and will begin at our picnic shelter.
Fees and Availability
Fees: $50, up to 15 people total, regardless of age.
Availability: Monday - Sunday 10 am - 11:30 am or 2 pm - 3:30 pm.
Explore the topics and choose what is best for you! If you don’t see what you’re looking for, give us a call and we will help you build your own adventure!
See if you have what it takes to build a shelter from scratch and start a fire without matches! *fire starting age requirement is 8 years old and up.
Learn the basics of archery starting with what came before the modern bow. *recommended age of children is 7 years old and up.
Learn about the wetlands of Springbrook from inside them! Whether you dip in a hand or jump in with both feet we’ll get an up-close view of our ponds and the creatures inside them.
Dive into the secret world of insects within Springbrook’s Prairies. We’ll get up close to the diverse world of insects and how they color our landscapes.
Build Your Own Adventure
If your interests don’t fit any of the adventures above, we’ll work with you to build an adventure that fits your interests.
Booking Your Program
Are you ready to get started with your Outdoor Adventure? Call the nature center at 763-572-3588 and book your program today! Time slots are limited, don’t wait.
Summer Concert Series
This summer, the City of Fridley and Springbrook Nature Center have a full line up of free outdoor concerts! Join us for live music!
Springbrook Nature Center hosts the following, beginning at 7pm (except Aug. 5 kids concert):
- June 14: Anthony Miltich - Acoustical
- July 12: Vinnie Rose Band - Acoustical Live Looping
- August 16: Blue Groove - Bluegrass
New This Year! Daytime Summer Kids Concert
August 5, starting at 11 in the morning:
Kid Power with Rachael
Update: This public program is cancelled for the time being.
Have you ever wondered how snakes eat, what’s for breakfast when you’re a turtle, or how a salamander finds a meal? This is the program for you. Watch our exhibit animals enjoy a delicious meal while a naturalist explains their feeding behaviors and taste preferences. Experience the predator-prey relationship in front of your eyes!
There is no charge to attend this program.
Springbrook's Bird Banding ProgramsHelp capture and release wild birds for this banding research program. Hold in your hand cardinals, chickadees, robins, and more as they are released. The birds are measured, weighed, examined for fat and other health indicators, aged and sexed (if possible), fitted with a light-weight band with a unique number on it and then released. Springbrook's bird banding project is one of the longest and continual bird banding projects in Minnesota.
7-9 p.m., once a month
Update: Photo Club is cancelled until further notice. Updates will be posted on our website and Facebook page.
Do you enjoy nature photography? Photographers of all levels and ages welcome to attend this free program!
Discuss photos, new equipment, gear, photography issues, and possible upcoming photography opportunities.
Each meeting has an "assignment," or topic of focus given for the next month’s meeting. Participants are welcome to bring a thumb drive with 5-10 pictures they have taken, usually based on the assignment but not required to be. The pictures are projected on a large screen and discussed. Monthly assignments vary, topic examples include: depth of field, photography issues, "frozen," "spring," or "water". There is a bias toward nature in our subjects, but other picture subjects are welcome as well.
Meeting generally take place on the forth Thursday of each month, at 7 p.m. at Springbrook Nature Center.
- Please check back at a later date. Photo Club is currently cancelled until further notice due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
Friday Night By Firelight
September 3rd 7 pm
September 10th 7 pm
River Valley Raptors
Experience an introduction to falconry.
September 17th 7 pm